Butler basketball is evolving before our very eyes.
And yet, the more things seem to change for a Bulldogs program that already seems to be a well-oiled victory machine, the more they stay the same.
While the NBA is often referred to as a “player’s game,” college basketball is undoubtedly a coach’s game. And Butler has one of the game’s best—Indiana native Brad Stevens.
After a report last offseason that linked his services to Illinois was followed by an offer Stevens turned down to UCLA, the much-coveted 36-year-old gave Butler fans reassurance that he’ll stay in Indianapolis for a very, very long time.
However, Stevens’ admirable loyalty is not the only headline the Bulldogs have made this offseason.
The sweat is accumulating by the minute in the ever-so-humid Hinkle Fieldhouse gymnasiums (more on that later), summer coaching camps are in full swing and the 2013-2014 campaign in a new conference with new expectations is right around the corner.
Hey, it’s not like it has major shoes to fill on the heels of the 2012-2013 season, right? (Perhaps Roosevelt Jones and Rotnei Clarke beg to differ.)
Here are five lessons to be taken away from what has been the Butler basketball offseason to date.